Vice President of U.S. Manufacturing, Walmart
Cindi Marsiglio is Vice President of U.S. Manufacturing. She is responsible for delivering Walmart’s $250b commitment towards additional U.S. manufacturing over ten years. In that role, she leads Walmart's business ventures in facilitating opportunities with current and new suppliers and increasing the offerings of U.S.-manufactured goods available to Walmart customers.
She is also responsible for leading Walmart’s Supplier Diversity Program, encouraging diverse companies to explore new opportunities with Walmart.
Prior to her current position, she served as Senior Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations whereby she was responsible for advocating on behalf of Walmart and favorably shaping public policy at the state and local levels. In addition to engaging legislative and executive officials across the company’s eastern region, she was also responsible for supporting new store expansion efforts and community engagement.
Cindi joined Walmart in 2007 after working for the Florida Chamber of Commerce and serving in Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s administration as a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Management Services. As a member of the agency executive team, she was responsible for several divisions including legislative affairs, communications, budget management, state purchasing, facilities and real estate.
She has more than 20 years of government and retail experience and is a graduate of Florida State University.
Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Harlod Sirkin is a senior partner in the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and an expert on the subjects of globalization, operations, innovation and change management. He is also lead author of BCG's ongoing study of the "re-shoring". He and his coauthors have predicted a U.S. "manufacturing renaissance" starting by around 2015 due to the shifting global economics of production and US low cost energy.
Harold was global leader of BCG’s Operations practice, which includes manufacturing, procurement, supply chain management, asset productivity and cost reduction. He was also the global leader of the firm’s Information Technology and E-Commerce practices. He has 33 years with the firm and extensive experience across a wide range of topics, industries and geographies.
Harold has been a guest on many major television programs. And he contributes commentary to leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Newsweek and Time.
In addition, he has authored or coauthored numerous publications including three Harvard Business Review feature articles: "Fix the Process, Not the Problems" (1990), "Innovating for Cash" (2003) and "The Hard Side of Change" (2005). Other articles have appeared in outlets such as WSJ.com, HBR.org, Barron’s, The Huffington Post and IndustryWeek. He contributes weekly to Businessweek.com's Management Blog.
He coauthored three books - Payback: Reaping the Rewards of Innovation (Harvard Business School Publishing), 2007, GLOBALITY: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything, published by Business Plus, a division of Hachette Books, 2008, and The US Manufacturing Renaissance: How Shifting Global Economics Are Creating an American Comeback (Knowledge @ Wharton) 2012.
He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago (first in his class) and a BS from the Wharton School (summa cum laude). He is also a CPA and a Professor at Kellogg School of Business.
Lead Pastor, Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan; Former President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries
Jim Liske is currently the Lead Pastor at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan. Prior to that, he served as the President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries (2011-2015). He assumed leadership at Prison Fellowship after serving as the Senior Pastor at Ridge Point Community Church in Western Michigan (2002-2011).
During his nine-year tenure at Ridge Point Community Church, Jim was committed to restorative ministry with those in prison and returning home from incarceration. Under his leadership, Ridge Point began a para-church organization that helps newly released prisoners deal with addiction recovery challenges, find employment and transition back into the community. The organization has a valuable partnership with the Michigan Department of Corrections-directly engaged with the Michigan Prison Re-entry Initiative-and has helped numerous former inmates with life after prison.
At Prison Fellowship, one of Jim's areas of focus was building the church inside America's prison walls and empowering local churches to reach out to our nation's 2.3 million prisoners. He also passionately advocated for state and federal corrections policy reform and served on the Colson Congressional Task Force for Federal Prison Reform (2015).
At Christ Memorial Church, Jim joins a restorative ministry and leads the local church to reach its redemptive potential by drawing church, commerce, and the community together in lifting up and embracing the least and the lost.
Liske grew up as the youngest of three siblings on a family farm in northern Michigan where he gained a strong work ethic and a firm foundation in the Christian faith. He sensed a call to full-time ministry as a young man and in 1986 earned a Masters of Divinity from North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D. Since then, he has led churches and organizations in the United States and Canada. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado.
Jim is the husband to his wife Cathy. They have two grown and married children, Allison and Joshua.
Former CEO of Walmart U.S., Baylor University Regent
Bill Simon was President and CEO of Walmart U.S. from 2010 to 2014. When he joined the company in 2006, he led the team that created and launched Walmart’s $4 prescription drug program. In 2007, Bill was named COO for Walmart U.S and held that position until he was appointed President and CEO. As CEO, Bill was responsible for over $280 billion in revenue and 1.2 million associates. Additionally, he has been a major driver in the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing. He developed and led Walmart’s initiative to buy $250 billion in U.S.-manufactured products. A passionate supporter of veterans, Bill was instrumental in the company’s pledge to hire any returning veteran.
Prior to joining Walmart, Bill held several senior positions at firms, such as: Brinker International, Diageo, Cadbury-Schweppes, PepsiCo and RJR-Nabisco. He also served in the public sector as Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. Bill was responsible for the State’s operations and administrative functions, including health care benefits, human resources, the Florida retirement system, facilities management and real estate.
Bill is currently a senior advisor to the investment firm KKR and serves on the Board of Directors of Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Agrium, Inc. He is a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents as well as Executive in Residence and a member of the faculty of the of the Baylor Hankamer School of Business.
He is also active politically, serving as the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for JEB! 2016.
Bill served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. While on active duty, he received commendations for combat service in the Grenada conflict as well as for service as part of a multi-national peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon. As a reservist, he was the Commanding Officer of a mobile mine assembly group and Executive Officer aboard a Minesweeper.
Bill attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and an MBA in management. He has been married to his wife Tammy Simon for over 30 years.